Photo:  Ribbon-cutting at Granby’s newly completed Raffety Park   Photo courtesy of the Town of Granby

Raffety Park ribbon-cutting

The Town of Granby celebrated the completion of Raffety Park, located next to the soccer dome on West Diamond, last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new park. Named after Ed Raffety, who owned the local grocery store for more than 20 years, the park features a playground and picnic area open for all to enjoy. To learn more, visit the town’s website:

Grand County goes to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Fire Danger in most of Grand County is HIGH. Stage 1 restrictions went into effect in Grand County at 4 pm on June 28th and the USFS and BLM enacted Stage 1 restrictions on June 29th.

Stage 1 Restrictions prohibit:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills. Exceptions: Fires are allowed in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed Forest Service camp and picnic grounds or recreation sites and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or eating devices that meet the factor underwriter’s specifications for safety.

No smoking except in an enclosed vehicle or building, or in specific developed recreation sites and areas barren of vegetation.

Operating or using any internal combustion engine without spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.

Fireworks and exploding targets.

Call (970) 725-3852 for recorded information from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Remember, only YOU can prevent wildfires!!

Baker Drive Update

The Sitzmark South developer is required to install sidewalk improvements from the development site, which includes the Fireside Market, Hideaway Station and surrounding new construction to the intersection of Baker and Telemark Drives in north Winter Park. The developer had submitted plans for the improvements to the Town, but, after Town Council spoke with several property owners located in the neighboring area, they agreed to explore alternatives to the current sidewalk plans which allow for additional parking. In all cases, no overnight parking would be allowed on the street, with overnight parking of up to 72 hours allowed at the parking structure nearby.

During the June 19th meeting, Council reviewed two alternative options that would increase parking on Baker Drive by 10-11 spaces, and Council directed staff to get cost estimates for those options to be considered at a future Council meeting.

Granby Summer Youth Day Camp

The Granby Recreation Department summer youth day camp program includes Monday field trips, golf lessons, tennis lessons, swimming, and Wacky Wednesday field trips. Then, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, activities include golf, tennis, games, sports, and swim lessons. Day camp is open to all children ages 5 and up.  Meet at the Granby Elementary School lunchroom at 8 am and pick up is by 5:30 pm. The cost is $33 per day. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early. For more information or to register, call the Granby Recreation Department at (970) 887-3961.

IKON Pass announces partnership with Australia’s Thredbo resort

On Tuesday, the Ikon Pass announced that Thredbo, in New South Wales, Australia is its newest partner, increasing access to more than 64,000 acres at 27 mountain destinations across the globe.  

In addition to access to 26 destinations in North America, all Ikon Pass holders can enjoy skiing and riding in the Southern Hemisphere throughout Thredbo’s 2018 winter season. Ikon Pass holders will have seven-day access to Thredbo on the Ikon Pass with no black-out dates, and five-day access on the Ikon Base Pass, with selected black-out dates.

Thredbo, located in the iconic Kosciuszko National Park just 500 km from Sydney, is Australia’s leading ski and snowboard destination, offering 1,168 acres of terrain, 2,205 vertical feet, and is home to the continent’s longest run at 3.6 miles.

“As we continue to curate partners for the Ikon Pass, we look for destinations that share our passion for the mountains and are dedicated to creating enduring memories for their guests. Thredbo fits right in and we are thrilled to welcome the leading destination in the Southern Hemisphere to the Ikon Pass community,” said Erik Forsell, Chief Marketing Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “Australia is full of passionate skiers and riders who can now take advantage of an endless winter with the Ikon Pass as they hit the slopes of Thredbo throughout their winter, before experiencing more iconic destinations in the Northern Hemisphere.”  

Thredbo joins a group of North American industry leaders that make up the Ikon Pass – Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, SkiBig3, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort. To learn more about the Ikon Pass, visit

Winter Park Town Council approves Block E Final Plat
The final plat for condominiums known as “Block E” was approved at the June 19th Town Council meeting. Located at 433 Iron Horse Way, the parcel is approximately 1.35 acres and will include 2 buildings, 26 units, a parking garage and other amenities. Town Council approved the preliminary plat in 2016, and the Planning Commission also reviewed and approved the final plan.

Winter Park Town Council July 3 Meeting Canceled
Due to the holiday, the Town Council meeting on July 3 has been canceled. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17 at 8 am. Town Hall will also be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.

Moffat Road Railroad Museum’s Steam Crane gets a lift!

On Tuesday, July 3rd at 8 am, museum staff and volunteers will be picking up their 255,000 lb. Steam Crane, built in 1913 for the Denver & Salt Lake Railway – “The Moffat Road”, with the assistance of 2 150,000 lb. cranes. The crane will then be turned, while suspended, 90 degrees and set on the track built to get the crane onto museum property. Next, they’ll pick up the boom car and attach it to the crane on the track. All are welcome to come and watch this incredible event and museum milestone. For more information, call (970) 887-9478.